I certainly understand your concern. This has become a problem in many areas. You can search the Maricopa Assessors website to find out who owns the property. I provided the web reference below. You can also ask the owner for proof of payments. They may or may not provide them to you, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Best of luck!
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Another resource is http://www.netvaluecentral.com. Go to the second page of their "News" section on the right of the page. They have a short paragraph to explain and then can send you to their site at http://www.aznvc.com. They provide free access to find out if the property you are renting is in the foreclosure process - they can also monitor it for you but there may be a fee. They indicate they have relationships with certain agents, so check them out.
This site will tell you if they are in the foreclosure process now, but you will want to continuously check back because the property could go into foreclosure at any time. They provide access to public records so they should be able to indicate who the owner is, however I have not used their AZNVC.com service. I have used their comp service for several years and it has been very helpful.
Hope that helps! Always good to have more than one resource!!
You can simply look them up on the Maricopa County assessors sight where they have a link to their deed recorded with the Maricopa County Recorder's office. Here is the link to the Assessors site:
As for a foreclosure, I can look up the property on the system that we use through the MLS. Please provide me with the address and I will tell you if its in foreclosure or not. You could just try asking the owner if they are paying their mortgage on time.
If they are not paying their mortgage and it goes into foreclosure, then you are still protected with the "Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act" signed into law by the president in 2009. Here is a link to the fair house brochure on this topic:
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you now or in the future with your real estate needs.
Sean Heideman, Realtor,